UTAH JAZZ

Jazz Lose All-Time Great In Gobert

Jul 1, 2022, 5:32 PM | Updated: May 17, 2023, 1:01 pm

Utah-Jazz-Rudy-Gobert-Minnesota-Timberwolves...

Former Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – In what may have been the biggest trade in Utah Jazz history, Rudy Gobert is headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves in return for a massive haul.

The Jazz will receive Malik Beasley, Patrick Beverley, Jarred Vanderbilt, Leandro Balmaro, and rookie Walker Kessler, and more importantly, four future first-round draft picks, three of which are unprotected (2023, 2025, 2027), the fourth which is only top-five protected in 2029, and the ability to swap picks with the Timberwolves in 2026.

It’s a truly enormous package for the Jazz, and a testament to how highly thought of Gobert is among NBA circles, and rightfully so.

Over the past six seasons, Gobert has established himself as one of the top big men in the NBA, one of the most decorated players in Jazz history, and has built what should be a Hall of Fame resume.

Since 2016, Gobert has been named to six consecutive All-Defensive first teams, he’s earned four All-NBA honors, three All-Star nods, and has won the Defensive Player of the Year award three times.

During the stretch, he averaged 14.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. He led the NBA in field goal percentage three of the six seasons, led the NBA in blocks per game in 2016-17, and led the league in rebounds per game last year.

Perhaps most impressive has been Gobert’s unique durability, having played in 90 percent of the Jazz’s games in four of the six seasons, and never playing fewer than 56 games during the stretch.

After nine seasons with the Jazz, Gobert ranks in the top 10 among franchise players in multiple significant categories including games played (10th, 611), minutes played (7th, 18,301), field goals (10th, 2,796), free throws (5th, 2,000), offensive rebounds (2nd, 2023), defensive rebounds (2nd, 5,096), total rebounds (2nd, 7,119), blocked shots (3rd, 1,357), points (10th, 7,592), field goal percentage (1st, .653), rebounds per game (2nd, 11.7), blocks per game (2nd, 2.2), PER (3rd, 22.1), true shooting percentages (1st, .671), effective field goal percentage (1st, .653), offensive rebounding percentages (2nd, 12.6), defensive rebounding percentage (1st, 30.4), total rebounding percentages (1st, 21.7), block percentage (5th, 6.1), offensive rating (2nd, 127.4), offensive win shares (4th, 48.6), defensive win shares (4th, 37.9), total win shares (3rd, 86.6), win shares per 48 minutes (1st, .227), Box Plus/Minus (5th, 4.0), defensive Box Plus/Minus (5th, 2.2), and Value Over Replacement Player (5th, 27.8).

In a league where player movement is rabid, and loyalty is rarely rewarded, Gobert’s nine-year tenure with the Jazz was unique, and it’s safe to say he never mailed in a game.

The Jazz turned a huge page in their franchise history on Friday by sending Gobert to the Timberwolves, but his impact in Utah will not soon be forgotten.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Dalton Knecht #3 of the Tennessee Volunteers...

Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz Draft Prospect: Tennessee F Dalton Knecht

Tennessee forward Dalton Knecht is projected to be selected in the lottery of the 2024 NBA Draft where the Utah Jazz own a top-ten pick.

2 days ago

Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson celebrates an in-season tournament win highlights...

Chandler Holt

Jazz Notes Player Highlights: Utah’s Other Veterans In 2023-24 Season

Although Lauri Markkanen and Collin Sexton stole the show for Utah, some other Jazz veterans played key roles in the 2023-24 season.

2 days ago

Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Cleveland Cavaliers...

Ben Anderson

Donovan Mitchell Denies Frustration With Cavaliers Teammates

It's been a rough 24 hours for Donovan Mitchell and his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates after being eliminated from the playoffs.

3 days ago

Bronny James Utah Jazz 2024 NBA Draft...

Chandler Holt

Utah Jazz Reportedly Have Interest In Working Out, Drafting Bronny James

According to Yahoo Sports, the Utah Jazz have expressed interest in working out Bronny James and selecting him in the 2024 NBA Draft.

3 days ago

Ron Holland #0 of G League Ignite...

Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz Mailbag: Which Wing Fits Jazz Best In Draft?

Welcome to the Utah Jazz mailbag where every week our NBA insiders answer your questions on social media about your favorite team.

5 days ago

Dalton Knecht #3 of the Tennessee Volunteers...

Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz 2024 NBA Mock Draft Round-Up: Post Lottery

The NBA Draft is just over six weeks away and with the lottery in the rearview mirror, it's officially mock draft season for the Utah Jazz.

6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Jazz Lose All-Time Great In Gobert